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Josh Peck in 2010
|Born||Joshua Michael Peck
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Joshua Michael "Josh" Peck is an American actor. He is best known for playing Josh Nichols in the Nickelodeon live-action sitcom Drake & Josh. He began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and became known to young audiences after his role on The Amanda Show. He has since acted in films such as Mean Creek, Drillbit Taylor, The Wackness, ATM, and Red Dawn, along with voicing Eddie in the Ice Age franchise.
Peck was born in Manhattan, New York, where he attended P.S.40 and The Professional Performing Arts School. His parents were unmarried at the time of his birth and he has never met his biological father. He grew up with his Jewish mother, Barbara, who is a career coach, and his maternal grandmother. Peck had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. He had asthma during his childhood, and often stayed indoors watching old sitcoms. He was inspired to become involved in stand-up comedy when he was eight years old.
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Peck subsequently appeared at TADA! Youth Theater and performed stand-up comedy at Caroline's Comedy Club for the Audrey Hepburn foundation. At the age of 13, he was offered a role on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show and, at his mother's suggestion, accepted the part and moved to Los Angeles to further pursue an acting career.
Peck made his film debut in Snow Day (2000), and appeared regularly on The Amanda Show until the end of its run in 2002. He also starred opposite Alex D. Linz and Zena Grey in the theatrical film, Max Keeble's Big Move, which was released on October 5, 2001. In 2001, he guest starred in an episode of the popular NBC drama ER called "Thy Will Be Done". During this period, Peck appeared in several independent films, including Spun and 2004's Mean Creek, for which he received critical praise. He was cast as Josh Nichols, opposite Drake Bell's Drake Parker, in another Nickelodeon sitcom, Drake & Josh, which began airing in 2004 and gained Peck recognition among young audiences. Peck's character, Josh Nichols, was smart, funny, and organized, but was always being tormented along with Drake by Megan Parker (Miranda Cosgrove), Drake's younger sister. Both characters sing in a remake of the song "Soul Man" by Sam and Dave. In 2006, Bell and Peck starred in their own TV movie called Drake & Josh Go Hollywood, and in 2007, they starred in a sequel called Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp. Josh was nominated for Favorite Television Actor at the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for his work on Drake & Josh. Peck also made his debut as a director in the Drake & Josh episode, Battle of Panthatar. He also directed his co-star Drake Bell's music video for the theme song to Drake & Josh, "Found a Way". He has also appeared in the series finale of What's New, Scooby-Doo?, an episode of Codename: Kids Next Door called Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E., and the direct-to-video New Line Cinema film Havoc. Peck returned to the character of Josh Nichols in 2008 for the television film Merry Christmas, Drake and Josh.
In 2006, Peck appeared in the independent film Special, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and voiced Eddie, one of two possum brothers, in the animated sequel, Ice Age: The Meltdown, which was released on March 31 of that year. Peck played a high school bully in 2008's Drillbit Taylor, and starred in the films The Wackness (released July 2008), American Primitive, Safety Glass, and reprised his role as Eddie in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
In 2011, Peck had a cameo role on the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious as an audience member for a play Jade wrote. In 2012, Peck starred in the remake of Red Dawn, and once again reprised his role as Eddie, in Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2013, he began voicing Casey Jones in Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In the third season of Drake & Josh, Peck was noticeably thinner than he used to be, and by the fourth season of the show, he had lost even more weight. Peck stated:
I made a conscious effort to lose weight because I knew I could be happier as well as being healthier. I started by going on a diet a year and a half ago and I got a personal trainer, but I definitely have a healthier lifestyle now. Also I feel that because I do so much television, I am a better role model. I don't really understand why I should be a role model, but I know that kids do look up to me, so it is my responsibility to motivate people and be inspiring. I hope that I can do that for kids. It doesn't really matter what you look like though.
|2000||Newcomers, TheThe Newcomers||Slim|
|2000||Snow Day||Wayne Alworth|
|2001||Max Keeble's Big Move||Robert "Robe"|
|2004||Mean Creek||George Tooney|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||Eddie||Voice|
|2006||Drake & Josh Go Hollywood||Josh Nichols|
|2008||Merry Christmas Drake and Josh||Josh Nichols||Nickelodeon Christmas special|
|2008||Wackness, TheThe Wackness||Luke Shapiro|
|2008||American Primitive||Spoke White|
|2009||What Goes Up||Jim Lement|
|2009||Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||Eddie||Voice|
|2009||Aliens in the Attic||Sparks||Voice|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Eddie||Voice|
|2012||Red Dawn||Matt Eckert|
|2013||Battle of the Year||Franklyn|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Bad Best Man|
|2000, 2005||All That||Himself||2 episodes, Season 6 Episode 4 & 10th Anniversary|
|2000–2002||Amanda Show, TheThe Amanda Show||Various characters||Series regular|
|2000||Double Dare 2000||himself||with the cast of Snow Day|
|2001||ER||Nick Stevens||Episode: "Thy Will Be Done"|
|2001||Family Guy||Charlie (voice)||Episode: "The Kiss Seen Around the World"|
|2001||Samurai Jack||S Kid / Pig #3 / Alien Kid (voices)||Episode: "Aku's Fairy Tales"|
|2002||Whatever Happened to Robot Jones?||Lenny (voice)||Episode: "Parents/Embarrassment"|
|2002||MADtv||Jeffrey Lugz||1 episode|
|2002||Fillmore!||Randall Julian (voice)||Episode: "To Mar a Stall"|
|2003–2004||Guardian, TheThe Guardian||Chris Rapp||2 episodes|
|2004–2007||Drake & Josh||Josh Nichols||57 episodes, Co-Lead|
|2006||Codename: Kids Next Door||Numbuh 50 Million B.C. (voice)||Episode: "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E."|
|2006||What's New, Scooby-Doo?||Damian / Kid / Zombie Kid #2 (voices)||Episode: "E-Screen"|
|2009||iCarly||Jimmy (uncredited)||Episode: "iReunite with Missy"|
|2011||Victorious||Josh Nichols (uncredited)||Episode: "Wok Star"|
|2012–present||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Casey Jones (voice)|
|2013–2014||The Mindy Project||Ray Ron||3 episodes|
|2014||The Big Bang Theory||Jesse||Episode: "The Occupation Recalibration"|
|2014||The Rebels||Danny Norwood||Episode: "Pilot"|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Independent Spirit Awards||Special Distinction Award||Mean Creek (shared with ensemble)||Won|
|2008||2008 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Drake & Josh||Nominated|
|2008 UK Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Star||Won|
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- Young Jewish actor, director give in to ‘Wackness’
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- "Drake & Josh: Songs from & Inspired By the Hit TV Series - Various Artists". iTunes. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- Thomas, Fahnia. "Watch The Wedding Ringer Trailer Starring Kevin Hart". EurWeb. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
- Independent Spirit Awards
- "Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards – 2008 Winners List – Pictures and Video". Allie is Wired. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2008 Press Kit". Nickkcapress.com. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- "Winners And Photos From Inside The 2008 Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards, Feat Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Josh Peck, McFly". Popsugar.co.uk. 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2013-01-13.
- Josh Peck at the Internet Movie Database
- Josh Peck on Twitter
- Interview on "The Wackness" (alongside director Jonathan Levine) at IFC.com